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Magnificent Garden Route

4 days Guided Tours

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A great introduction to the Garden Route with some fantastic stops on-and-off the beaten track. Heading through the vineyards of the Western Cape, you travel via the historic town of Swellendam to the beginning of the Garden Route. Continue to Port Elizabeth through magnificent scenery and locations with a chance to discover Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Tsitsikamma.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town — Mossel Bay

After an early morning departure from Cape Town, travel along Sir Lowry's Pass, with its magnificent views from the top, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Your journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coast line being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa and that creates unforgettable memories. After this thrilling experience, continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay.

Day 2: Mossel Bay — Oudtshoorn

After breakfast continue your journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world's great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages. Overnight in Oudtshoorn. (B/D)

Day 3: Oudtshoorn — Knysna

After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon. Overnight in Knysna. (B/L)

Day 4: Knysna — Port Elizabeth

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Port Elizabeth. You'll head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the 'friendly city', with a wonderful climate. The tour ends on arrival in Port Elizabeth or at the airport. (B)

Board Basis - this tour is based on mixed board basis.

Hotels and locations are subject to change based on availability, final hotel list will be confirmed before departure.

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Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

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Tour information

Pre/Post Tour information

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Tour inclusions

  • All excursions and meals as listed
  • Transfers and sightseeing on a shared basis with English speaking guides
  • Standard 3-4V accommodation 

Tour exclusions

  • All flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments 
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary 

Dining inclusions

Mixed Board as listed

Accommodation

Accommodation in the itinerary are 3-4V rated properties based on availability. Please note some tours stay in remote locations e.g. safari lodges and tented camps, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until departure.

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Please see our Country Note documents for queries on visas and required vaccinations or visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the most up to date information.

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If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team will work with you to arrange any additional hotel stays or combine with other destinations. Please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com

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